Back on the air

My 18-month old Siemens Speedstream SS2623 WAP stopped working over the course of a few days. I was preparing to officiate at some friends’ wedding, and actually delayed doing something techie for doing something social — who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks? Anyway, the wedding went great: I didn’t forget my lines, I danced hard enough to re-aggravate my Achilles’ tear, and I only lapsed into a C++ discussion for a few short seconds, with Craig (Oh no, I can’t remember his last name), who surprised me by telling me that he’d been assimilated by Microsoft and was working on the very SmartPhone emulator that I had so much fun programming against last month.

In the time I owned it, the Speedstream had been significant trouble, requiring several tricky firmware updates, resets weekly if not daily, and I never got WEP to work. I replaced it with a Linksys BEFW11S4, which my machines auto-connected to before I was finished reading the “quickstart” guide. When you read the “thumbs-up, thumbs-down” reviews on ePinions and shopper.cnet.com, you’ll see that WAPs are generally given “thumbs-up” when they function perfectly out of the box, which is valid in some ways, but on the other, is hardly the same as the critical factor, which is what happens when the hardware goes flaky. So I will hold off on praising Linksys. But I will not buy Speedstream again. YMMV.